Concealed Online Reviews | Getting “Made” – What To Do If Someone Spots Your CCW

What if someone notices I’m armed? Can’t happen to me! I’m careful with my CCW!

Oh yeah? Wanna bet?

Common sense clothing and carrying methods all but ensure no one will ever know you’re carrying, but it can still happen.

I’m going to assume you’re NOT the type who goes around wearing NRA or 2A T-shirts.

Even so, you still might get “made” and not even know it. Let’s explore…

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DROPS
Law enforcement has a long history of responding to this kind of call which they commonly refer to as “DROP” reports.

As in: “hey officer, someone just dropped a gun in a bathroom stall at Starbucks!”

How to remedy this awkward, embarrassing, and potentially dangerous situation?

WRONG!

Toilet Tip: instead of letting the gun/holster DROP to the floor (along with your pants), hang on to your hardware with one hand while your other hand tends to your, uh, TP needs 🙂 Another option: use a handicapped stall which is designed to offer maximum privacy, meaning less of a chance someone will see your CCW when you’re “doing your business.”

PRINTS
Another, more common, way to get “made” in public is when someone notices the outline of your gun through your clothes or you reach up/bend over for something.

We call this “printing.”

First thing to do is make sure you have the proper holster for optimal concealment.

An inside-the-belt thumb-snap version covered by a loose fitting shirt or blouse should do the trick.

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But still, it can happen to the best of us…

REALLY BAD!

In any of the above cases, make sure you check your ego at the door and do the right thing…

First… say you’re sorry to the person or persons nervously staring, eyes agape, at your CCW.

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Next, offer to show them your permit. If they want to see it, don’t make any sudden moves. Pretend you’re in a slo-mo scene from a movie and produce your permit at the speed of molasses. And if you’re confronted by a police officer, keep your hands raised in front of you and ASK them if you can show them your permit, or… better yet… tell them where they can find it (preferably, your wallet) and let THEM do the honors.

Drops and prints are the two most reliable ways of telling if someone is armed.

If you happen to be on the receiving end of this unfortunate revelation, follow the tips above and you’ll be just fine!

Concealed Online Reviews | 3 Worst Gun Myths On the Internet

“Google it!”

These two words can be a blessing and a curse.  When it comes to guns, concealedonline.com has some serious pet peeves about the supposedly “good advice” you’ll find on the internet.

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Here’s a list of our top 3 bits of bad gun advice you’ll regularly find online:

MYTH #1: Concealed Guns Should NEVER Be Carried with a Round in the Chamber

For safety reasons, a myth has been circulating that you should always carry with an empty chamber.

Well guess what?  There’s no way you’re going to have enough time to draw your self-defense handgun…

… rack a round, and effectively respond, ESPECIALLY if someone is coming at you!

Want proof?  Just look at Tueller Drills. They’ve shown that it takes only about ONE AND A HALF SECONDS for an attacker to cover 21 feet!

That doesn’t give you a whole lot of time to defend yourself, ESPECIALLY if your weapon has an empty chamber.

And this dovetails nicely into our biggest complaint about carrying with an empty chamber.  It’s a bad habit that leads to complacency.  When you ASSUME your firearm is unloaded, you get lazy, and laziness can lead to tragedy.

MYTH #2: As Long As Your Concealed Carry is UNLOADED, it’s Okay To Mess With It

We’re not even going to define what “mess with it” means, but it goes something like this…

“DON’T WORRY, I NEVER KEEP IT LOADED.”  Famous last words…

People routinely shoot themselves or someone else accidentally because they fail to observe the single most important rule for gun safety, namely:

Guns should ALWAYS be treated like they’re loaded AT ALL TIMES!

Every day you hear in the news about people who’ve shot themselves or others because they normally carry with an empty chamber and forgot that they chambered a round.

If you keep your firearm loaded and ready to fire, you don’t have to pretend your gun is loaded at all times.  You know it is and always treat it that way!

MYTH #3: At the Range, You Should Only Train For Head Shots

Head shots are easy on the range.  But in real life, you rarely have time to aim for the head…unless, of course, you’re John Wick…

.. or a trained SWAT sniper with superior shooting skills!

If not, you will want to remember these two words… CENTER MASS!

Firing for center mass allows for INACCURACY.  If your hand is shaking or you fire from an unsupported position, hitting the center part of a target affords you the greatest chance of the bullet landing somewhere that stops an imminent attack.

In conclusion, here’s something we at concealedonline.com feel bears repeating: if you’re not prepared to use deadly force to protect yourself, don’t carry concealed!

Concealed Online Reviews | 3 Deadliest Civil War Weapons

In the entire history of America, the Civil War was by-far the most deadly, with over 600,000 killed and 1 million (plus) wounded. Compare that to WWII where we lost 400,000 with around 700,000 wounded!

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And what makes these comparatives even more mind-boggling is that some of the most deadly weapons – fighter planes, bazookas, tanks – were still decades away from being invented! That said, the Civil War had its share of lethal weapons, so let’s take a look at the top 3 deadliest:

1 – GATLING GUN

Hands down, THE deadliest weapon available at that time. The first multi-barreled machine gun was invented by a doctor of all people. But hey, his intentions were good since Gatling thought it would make the operator so lethal, it might actually make wars obsolete (irony sucks, doesn’t it?)

This bad boy was a .58 caliber, six-barreled gun featuring a hand crank that rotated the barrels. It could fire six hundred rounds a minute (the same as 150 soldiers), and the rotating barrel is alive and well today in modern-day gatling guns as well as co-starring (alongside Arnold) in the “Terminator” movies.

2 – HENRY REPEATING RIFLE
Two words: Assault Rifle. The fastest-firing weapon a soldier could wield at the time.

The Springfield 1861 could only manage 2-4 shots per minute. The Henry Repeater, on the other hand, could spit all 16 shots in its magazine in under a minute.

Oh, and unlike the Springfield, which used separate black powder, a percussion cap and bullets, the Henry combined all three in a single .44 caliber metallic cylinder, basically the modern ammo cartridge used today.

3 – LEMAT PISTOL
Two-guns-in-one. The most lethal (and weird-looking) handgun of the Civil War.

The LeMat was a nine-cylinder .42 cal that held 50% more rounds than a standard revolver. Design-wise, it was a bizarre sight to behold, with a SECOND single-shot barrel that fired shotgun rounds! A switch on the side let the shooter toggle between handgun and shotgun modes!

Concealedonline Reviews – John Wick’s Top 3 Tips for Concealed Carry

Super-assassin John Wick never leaves home without strapping on his trusty concealed carry.

But that’s not one of ’em.

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Nope… not that one either.

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Yep, that’s more like it.

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Anyway, here’s a few choice tips he shared during some downtime before embarking upon his latest international adventure.

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If You’re Armed, Always Be Armed
If you conceal carry, you’re at a disadvantage. You don’t know where or when an attack may come from.

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You react. You don’t act. For you, it’s all about self-defense, not self-OFFENSE.

Which means you must be forever prepared… forever-vigilant… forever ready for anything.

But not like this. A hand is good. A handGUN is better.

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Point being, when you don’t know where or when the attack’s coming from, there’s only one thing to do…

… always be armed.

If You Aren’t Prepared To Use Your Concealed Carry, Don’t Carry
Don’t bluff. If you carry, you better be certain that you can and will use deadly force in a legitimate self-defense situation.

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As JW perfectly put it: “If you hesitate at the moment of truth, prepare to become a victim.”
Those who hesitate will very likely be disarmed by their attacker, only to have their own weapon used against them. On the other hand, if the attacker realizes you mean business, he will be deterred.

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If you’re ready and able to do what must be done, the likelihood is you will never actually have to do so.

Don’t Let The Gun Make You Stupid
If you carry, you carry a great responsibility. You are held to a higher standard of conduct.

You are expected to avoid, not seek out, situations that could quickly escalate and, with a deadly weapon at hand, turn deadly.

To quote JW: “Remember that stupid road rage incident you had last week? Good. Knock it off.”

Your CCW carries with it the power of life or death. That power belongs in the hands of responsible people who understand consequences.

Concealed Carry – How To Run and Gun While Carrying Concealed

Carrying Concealed While Doing Your Daily Jog

We at concealedonline.com support a healthy lifestyle… but running with a loaded firearm can be bad for your health!
All that bouncing around can be a big problem for most holsters.
Securing your gun is something most traditional holsters offer. But a standard holster doesn’t provide proper trigger protection if you run with a gun.
Accidents WILL happen when there’s a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on!
Whether at the gym or at your local park, here are a few “Don’ts” for carrying concealed when excessive movement is in the mix:

Don’t Cock Your Gun

Stating the obvious, right? Well, yeah — but you’d be surprised how many joggers do just the opposite.
Better to keep the safety on your handgun even when the holster has some form of trigger guard which could accidentally set off the weapon with excessive vibration.

Don’t Wear A Short Jacket

Longer jackets suck for running but offer the ability to position the weapon further from your body.
OWB holsters work great with sweatshirts or hoodies and are perfect for keeping the concealed gun away from your body while running.

Don’t Carry A Big Gun

Big guns do not conceal well.  Compact firearms are easier to hide while maintaining an athletic lifestyle.
For instance… this might be a little too conspicuous…

Don’t Use An Ankle Holster

The cons outweigh the pros of an ankle holster… literally.
All that extra weight on your legs is bad for your knees, plus the fact that most of the shaking starts in your legs will definitely shake loose your gun.
Better to go with any form of shoulder, tank top or waistband holster. They work wonders at keeping the gun away from your body, hiding the weapon, and causing as little discomfort as possible.

Don’t Underestimate the Bad Guy

Bad stuff happens to good people anytime, anywhere. Better to be prepared than to let your guard down when you’re out doing your daily exercise regimen.
We at concealedonline.com support a healthy, concealed carry lifestyle.
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ConcealedOnline Reviews – Train Your Brain For More Effective Concealed Carry

A GOOD MIND-SET MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE

Defensive shooting situations are complicated. They involve quick decision-making, time-limits, and a bad guy that refuses to stand still!

If you’ve developed the proper mind-set, you’ll be ready to deal with any and all of these variables.

Your brain has everything you need to master defensive shooting situations and how it processes info is key to being effective.

That said, there are multiple factors that go into making accurate, split-second evaluations, especially in circumstances where using your concealed carry handgun comes into play.

For example…

ADRENALINE

When adrenaline is in the mix (which it most definitely WILL BE), everything changes. Nutty stuff happens when the adrenal glands pump hormonal neurotransmitters into your system! Adrenaline tells your brain to stop thinking and start reacting.

Instinct trumps intelligence. The lizard brain takes over.

If standing downrange and putting bullet holes in paper targets is your idea of a good shooting drill, then you will absolutely NOT be prepared to defend yourself or others in a real-life situation.

Learning how to integrate real responses into the lizard part of your brain is where the rubber meets the road. So how do you train your brain to properly handle your handgun in said situations?

PRACTICE TIPS

TIP 1 — rehearse each skill over and over until they’re like riding a bike or tying your shoes. Do you think about either of those tasks? Hell, no. They’re second nature.

TIP 2 — concentration while on the range is A MUST or someone (i.e. you) might get hurt. A gun is no joke. It’s a life-or-death skill-set and should never be taken lightly.

Even so, training your brain to multi-task while shooting, like driving and thinking about what you want for lunch at the same time, is the kind of unconscious competency you should perfect for effective concealed carry.

TIP 3 — decisional shooting drills that force you to make judgments in the blink of an eye are a MUST.

DECISIONAL SHOOTING DRILLS

You’ll need just a couple things for these drills:

— a shooting partner and a paper target with numbered colored circles.

These kind of targets are usually available at your local range.

Have your shooting partner call out an even number. Draw and shoot the circle with that number.

Next, have your shooting partner call out an odd number. Draw and shoot any circle EXCEPT the circle with that number.

Have your partner call a color. Shoot the circle with that color.

Have your partner call another color. Draw and shoot any OTHER circle except the color called.

These drills will help make your shooting brain muscle stronger and prepare you for a defensive shooting situation.

The sooner you get started, the better.

Concealed Online Reviews | Justified – Where and When To Use Your Concealed Carry

Be Aware, Be Very Aware

Deciding the proper response, i.e. when it’s justified to use lethal force, is a huge part of carrying concealed. How exactly to make that decision involves quick reasoning powers and breaks down into a two-pronged process.

Step one is simply being present enough in the moment to know when a threat exists. The ability to quickly and accurately identify danger separates those who carry from those who know when it’s appropriate to USE their carry.

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If you’re walking around tactically oblivious, situationally unaware, then you’re just asking for trouble.

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This is not to say you have to become super-paranoid about everything and everyone, but when carrying concealed, you have an obligation to heighten your sense of your surroundings. Hey, being alert goes with the territory.  Deal with it.

Threat Assessment

Before you can react to a threat, you need to have a grasp of the level of jeopardy. This can get tricky because the actual severity may be hidden or may not be immediately obvious.

Your response needs to match the perceived threat level. If you overreact, you could wind up in prison. If you don’t react properly, you could wind up dead.

Assessment should first take into account whether or not the danger is a direct threat to you and your response should be based on the nature of those circumstances.

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For instance, is the threat LETHAL or not? Does the attacker want to kill you, punch you out, run you off the road, or just scream at you a lot?

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Lethal force is only justifiable if you’re facing grave bodily harm or worse and the law dictates that you can use commensurate force — i.e. the same level of force that threatens you.

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Remember, the whole point of a concealed carry is to get you out of trouble, not into it – and recognizing a threat is the first step to doing just that.

Understanding when force is justified or not is quite literally a life or death decision. In either case, stay vigilant, hombre.

Concealed Online Reviews | We’re Jammin’ – How To Fix Firearm Malfunctions

The Immediate Action Drill

At some point, your concealed carry is bound to malfunction. No way around it.

Remember, a handgun is a machine. It needs maintenance. But even when you do everything right to keep it in perfect running condition, it can still misfire or malfunction. I know – bummer.

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Hey, it’s a complicated piece of equipment. And the more complicated equipment becomes, the more likely it is that something will go wrong with its operation.

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Whether it’s un-ignited powder, a stuck piece of brass that wasn’t extracted properly, or a round that just wasn’t fed in correctly – learning how to fix a malfunction can literally mean the difference between life and death.

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The goal of these drills is to train you to use the same motor response for each malfunction.

As in… less thinking, more doing.

The goal, in fact, of any training program should be simplicity and efficiency because time is not on your side when it comes to getting a handgun back up and running after a malfunction.

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Ergo, we are going to cut out the whole look-think-assess aspect of our training and just leap-frog directly to “react.”

In many cases, the solution to these malfunctions can be solved by the “Immediate Action Drill.” Also known as the “tap-rack-bang drill,” the actions involved in this maneuver include:

— tapping (more like smacking, actually) the bottom of the magazine to make sure it’s seated properly;

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— yanking the slide back to eject bad ammo or brass (we call this racking, btw), and;

— firing if the threat still exists.

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The basic tap-rack should become a reflexive response when your handgun doesn’t respond to a trigger press. If that doesn’t fix the problem, immediately go to rip-roll-rack-reload.

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Remember, the goal is to skip over the process of look-think-assess and jump directly to react. And with non-diagnostic malfunction-clearance drills incorporated into your regular training routine, you’ll be able to do just that!

Concealed Online Reviews | Stay Frosty – Good Gun Prep For Any Situation

A concealed carry is only as good as your ability to access it.

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We feel it’s best to occasionally state the obvious. So, here goes…

FOREWARNED IS FOREARMED

Prior knowledge of possible dangers gives you a tactical advantage. Or to put it another way — always be ready to use your concealed carry in any and all situations!

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Especially those situations where you know there’s a good chance you could find yourself compromised, like say for instance, if you happen to be entering a dangerous, messed-up part of town.

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In those cases, it’s a really-really good idea to keep these simple tips & tricks fresh in your brainpan:

FREE YOUR HANDS

Sounds like something I shouldn’t have to tell you, right? But you’d be amazed how many people forget this simple rule and wind up on the receiving end of a violent crime.

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Keep your hands as free as possible for quicker access to your concealed carry.

Shift your groceries to your passive arm…

Get in the habit of carrying a backpack to free up your hands…

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Put down the damn phone! Talking about which…

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STAY ALERT

You’ve heard of Distracted Driving, right? Well, what about Distracted Walking, Distracted Talking or for that matter, Distracted Breathing???  That’s what happens when you bury your head in your phone.

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People can’t go two seconds without looking at their phone. There are many documented cases of people walking into traffic, walking off a cliff, and other stupid yet lethal incidents while ogling their iPhone screens!

Put down the phone. Back away from the phone. Now… look up… engage!

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I know it’s hard – but just do it. You’ll thank me later.

Plus of course, when you have a phone in hand, you can’t also be expected to easily access your concealed carry. Bottom line… stay alert to your surroundings. A simple rule to live by that could save your life.

Also, make sure access to your firearm is unimpeded — unzip your coat, release the snap closure on your holster, and make sure your undershirt or shirt tails don’t get in the way of unholstering your gun.

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Lastly, getting in and out of a car can pose problems for access…

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… especially with seat belts and IWB holsters as part of the equation. Be aware of your limitations in a vehicle and adjust your firearm accordingly.

The Right Look – The Best and Worst Clothes for Concealed Carry

Clothes that effectively hide your gun are a must for carrying concealed.

Pairing stylish clothing with the potentially awkward bulge of a firearm is what we’re about to explore in this post. Our fashion sense always takes into account how good any piece of attire is at hiding a concealed weapon.

If it’s obvious you have a gun, what’s the point? The term “concealed carry” suggests handgun access coupled with public discretion. Here’s a good example of the OPPOSITE of that…

Loose pants and shirts can help keep the outline of your pocket holster or “print” (see above) from being noticed. Longer shirts that extend past the waistline are a great way to hide an IWB weapon. Again, here’s an example of just the OPPOSITE…

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Pick clothes that offer both conceal-ability and accessibility. A shirt that keeps things inconspicuous by covering your weapon isn’t worth the tradeoff if it also makes it difficult to reach your gun in a time of need.

Coats and jackets make it easy to be discreet with any sized weapon but if the occasion calls for short sleeves and shorts, you may be better off arming yourself with a smaller weapon or risk looking like some bizarro terrorist!

For some, any old shirt or jacket that hides a holster is acceptable, whereas for the more discriminating armed civilian, concealed carry has to resolve other expectations as well. Factoring in a little style is key to avoiding being pegged as a stereotypical carrier. What’s wrong with dressing in a way that conceals your gun PLUS makes you look sharp at the same time?

If a suit-and-tie is your outfit of choice, then take notice. Businessmen who carry for personal protection have a built-in advantage given that their bulky attire provides great cover. Actually, a suit is probably the most effective method for reducing “printing.”

Another benefit is the variety of holsters you can carry. Business attire allows for added variety: paddle-on-the-hip or behind-the-back, IWB, shoulder or ankle holsters all work great when suited up.

Another consideration for a suit wearer is whether you need to take off your jacket or wear it unbuttoned. An unbuttoned jacket can conceal either kind of behind-the-back carry but is a bad choice for a hip holster or under-the-arm. If you tend to take off your jacket, wear pants that accommodate IWB carry and a dress shirt that can be worn untucked to drape it over the gun butt.

Business Casual

Business casual is the preferred style for plainclothes cops, bodyguards, spies, or any other badass carrying a gun as part of the job. It straddles the respectable and the practical and often includes a jacket, which makes it perfect for pros in these lines of work.

That said, non-pros should also consider the jacket-and-slacks, dress-casual combo. It provides plenty of places to conceal a weapon plus makes you look well-dressed relative to the average shmoe on the street.

Everything Else

When dress code is not part of the equation, you can wear almost anything that disguises the fact that you’re armed.

  • Concealment jackets –  made for concealment but looks like a work jacket. Big, unobtrusive pockets inside.
  • Bomber jackets – a classic style with padded lining perfect for concealing bulges.

  • Untucked – offers tons of concealment if you’ve got an IWB holster.

  • Hoodies – trendy, ubiquitous, and plenty of room to hide large caliber concealed carries.

Once you have your outfit down, no one should know you have a gun… until you’re using it.